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 AACC Position Statement on Affirmative Action 


Whereas, the principles of equitable access and opportunity for all, as set forth in the Board's Resolution of February 1973, are universally embraced by community colleges;

Be It Resolved, that the American Association of Community Colleges reaffirms its commitment to Affirmative Action in employment as a means of ensuring equitable opportunity for all, and strongly encourages community colleges to continue their programs of active and open recruitment to employ, retain, promote, and upgrade women and ethnic minority persons; and

Be It Further Resolved, that whenever selective admission policies are employed, provisions sensitive to race, gender and other appropriate factors should be considered as appropriate policy options to ensure equitable access to the community college or to any of its programs.

Adopted August 5, 1995

Policies and Procedures on Affirmative Action, 1976

That the Board of Directors of the AACC reaffirms its commitment to equally consider the representation of women and ethnic minorities with all other groups on the Board of Directors, its committees, and on the Association's task forces, commissions, committees, and other special groups;

And further, that those responsible for nominations and appointments continue to actively seek and equally consider women and ethnic minorities with all other groups for nominations and appointment.

Adopted June 1976

Resolution on Affirmative Action, 1973

Whereas, the American Association of Community Colleges is committed to the concept of quality education for all students in community and junior colleges in the United States;

Whereas, the Congress on the United States has mandated the removal of artificial, arbitrary, and unnecessary barriers to employment when the barriers operate individually to discriminate in racial or other impermissible classification;

Whereas, the principle of affirmative action has been mandated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Executive Order 11246 as amended, the Equal Opportunity Act of 1972 and other applicable laws and judicial decisions;

Therefore, Be It Resolved that the American Association of Community Colleges strongly endorses the concept of Affirmative Action and encourages boards of education and boards of trustees to implement Affirmative Action programs as their moral obligation and to carry out a policy of active and open recruitment to employ, retain, promote and upgrade women and ethnic minority persons.

Adopted February 1973

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